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Magento Unveils Partner Program for Web Hosting Providers

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Ecommerce Platform Deepens Partner Relationships for Higher Level of Service, Performance for Merchants</b></i> </p>

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Magento Unveils Partner Program for Web Hosting Providers09:00 EDT Tuesday, October 16, 2012 SAN JOSE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Magento, a leading eCommerce platform provider and a division of X.commerce, Inc., an eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) company, announced details of a program extending Magento's partnership benefits to web hosting providers. The Magento Hosting Partner Program recognizes the strategic role that web hosting providers play in delivering on the high quality of service Magento merchants expect from the leading eCommerce platform. The program helps ensure close strategic alliances and joint commitments for hosting partners. Magento established the program to make it easy for merchants to get their sites up and running in a world-class environment. The multi-level program also offers training, expanded visibility and promotion opportunities across the eBay Inc. family of products including PayPal, MarketPlaces and X.commerce. “This program underscores the important role that our hosting partners play in Magento's ability to deliver on the exceptional capabilities and performance that customers have come to expect from Magento,” said Annette Merriman business development manager at X.commerce. “By jointly addressing the needs of merchants and other partners and contributors to our ecosystem, we can work to drive better experiences for all our merchants.” The Hosting Partner Program consists of three tiers with different levels of commitment, including Platinum (listed below), Gold (Simple Helix) and Silver (Neoverve). Magento and its highly diversified partner network are committed to continuous innovation with the goal of staying at the forefront of commerce evolution. The X.commerce open ecosystem, in which Magento plays a key role, empowers all participants to take advantage of an unprecedented choice of technologies needed for end-to-end commerce – shopping carts, payment services, inventory management, marketplace integration, SEO, tax guidance and more- all in one location. Magento is committed to working to provide the best possible support, performance and experience for its merchants by guiding them to long-time partners focused on successful Magento implementations. While Magento sites can be hosted anywhere, hosting providers signed on to the program have a level of familiarity with Magento products as most of them have hosted numerous sites on the platform. The newly signed Platinum Partners include: Nexcess: Nexcess is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based managed hosting company founded in 2000, with wholly-owned data centers located in Dearborn and Southfield, Michigan. Nexcess offers a variety of hosting services ranging from entry-level packages to custom clustered/complex hosting configurations, with an emphasis on mission-critical hosting for high-profile eCommerce web sites. “We are gratified to continue on our place as a Platinum-tier Magento Hosting Partner,” commented Chris Wells, President and CEO of Nexcess, “We consider a close relationship with the organizations that develop the software that we build our hosting solutions on to be a vital part of providing the best value to our clients. Those relationships help nurture and strengthen the developing Magento ecosystem, and greatly benefit Magento users, hosts, and developers.” PEER 1 Hosting: PEER 1 Hosting is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. Ping, represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network™ connected by 20 state-of-the-art datacenters, 22 points-of-presence and 10 colocation facilities throughout North America and Europe. People, represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support™. PEER 1 Hosting's portfolio includes Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services. "We could not be more pleased to be entering into a hosting partnership with Magento/X.commerce as one of its charter Platinum partners. Over the last two years we have been able to work hand-in-hand with the dedicated teams and leadership inside Magento. This partnership is the culmination of tireless efforts on both sides to create a uniquely optimized hosting solution for Magento users. This allows the customers installing and using the Magento platform to build successful businesses,” said Jay Newman, SVP of Sales and Marketing for PEER 1 Hosting. “We look forward to continued alignment with Magento to deliver a best-in-class hosting infrastructure for eCommerce businesses for years to come." ZeroLag: You already know the feeling, even if you didn't know there was a word for it. "Lag" is that annoying time gap that keeps your customers waiting for your site to load. Some hosting companies are willing to allow a little lag here and there; Not ZeroLag. By combining high-performance technology with a custom engineering approach, ZeroLag delivers lightning fast Magento ecommerce hosting solutions for merchants who don't want their customers to wait. However, we don't just stop at speed. Every Magento hosting deployment is engineered from the ground up to be scalable and secure with a 100% network uptime guarantee. We look forward to engineering and hosting your Magento powered business. “ZeroLag is excited to be a Magento Platinum Hosting Partner and together we will provide the most optimized Magento solutions in the market.We have been hosting Magento Enterprise and Community Editions for over five years and during that time period have developed a deep and ingrained knowledge of the optimization process, said Greg Strelzoff, President & CEO of ZeroLag. “Combining Magento's world class eCommerce solution with ZeroLag's dedication to support, performance, reliability and security will provide every client the industrial strength, mission critical website they desire.” X.commerce and Magento complete their eCommerce platform with a full suite of world-class consulting, training and certification offerings. Developed and delivered by experts who know the product from a development and deployment standpoint, these experts can ensure merchants, developers, and partners efficiently and effectively leverage the platform for their business needs. To learn more about the Hosting Partner Program: www.MagentoCommerce.com/partners andwww.x.com/partners About Magento The Magento eCommerce platform serves more than 125,000 merchants worldwide and is supported by a global ecosystem of solution partners and third-party developers. Magento is a feature-rich, open-source, enterprise-class platform that offers merchants a high degree of flexibility and control over the user experience, catalog, content and functionality of their online store. In August 2011, Magento was acquired by eBay Inc., and is now a division of X.commerce, Inc. (an eBay Inc. company). For MagentoMatthew Torres, 650-762-2916Matthew.torres@edelman.com